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Collective Action Addressing Racism: In Solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) | Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) | American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) | American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) | American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG) | American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) | Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) | American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) | American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) | American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) | Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care (CPS) | Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) | Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology (CUCOG) | Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology (IDSOG) | North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) | National Medical Association (NMA) |  Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology (SASGOG) | Society of Family Planning (SFP) | Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) | Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) | Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) | Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH) | Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI)

 

Our organizations, which represent the members of leading medical organizations, condemn the killings, violence, abuse, racism, and bias aimed at people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic has only been compounded by this violence and persecution. This racism, bias, and abuse must stop.

As leaders in women’s health care, we recognize that the recent violence targeted toward the Asian American and Pacific Islander community—in all its breadth and diversity—has disproportionately affected women. According to the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center, Asian American and Pacific Islander women reported hate incidents 2.3 times more often than men. Reports reflect intersecting race-based and gender-based discrimination and violence.

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As experts in science and medicine, we condemn the rumors and conspiracies that target Asian American and Pacific Islander people. Last year, many of our organizations issued a Collective Action Addressing Racism in obstetrics and gynecology in which we acknowledged that committing to a better future requires an honest examination of the past and present. The pattern of bias, discrimination, racism, and violence targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, particularly related to falsehoods around public health crises, is not new and has deep historical roots. With respect to women’s health care in particular, research suggests the United States has a history of coerced and/or forced sterilizations of Japanese-American women in incarceration camps. It is also important to acknowledge and confront the broad hypersexualization of Asian American women in the United States. We disavow the dehumanization of Asian American and Pacific Islander women, which positions them as targets for abuse.

We are grateful to advocates and activists in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community who are leading efforts to confront bias, racism, stereotyping, and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We commit to supporting and amplifying the necessary and transformative work; looking inward to ensure that our organizations do not perpetuate harmful and negative stereotypes; and working with partners toward ensuring the safety and well-being of Asian American and Pacific Islander people. This process includes building and reinforcing allyship across generations, races and ethnicities, and genders.